Washington & the Pacific Northwest Reserve Study Services

Jim Talaga, RS
President
jtalaga@reservestudy.com

Association Reserves has been serving Pacific Northwest clients for over twenty years, preparing quality Washington Reserve Studies. This beautiful region’s climate, design parameters and history within it’s building industry demand a strong working local knowledge in guiding association’s near and long term maintenance, repair and replacement needs. We are uniquely staffed with years of experience in the following fields: construction, architecture, building envelope assessment, property valuation and finance. We have the knowledge, experience and expertise to help your Association make informed and responsible decisions regarding reserve funding. We strive for a long-term relationship as your community’s trusted reserve planning partner.

Association Reserves - Serving Washington & the Pacific Northwest
505 South 336th St., #620
Federal Way, WA 98003
Office: 253/661-5437, 866/900-2792
Fax: 253/661-5430


  • "Our Board could not be more pleased with the report we have received and the manner in which the study was conducted. We highly recommend Association Reserves to prepare your reserve study."
  • "The Association Reserves representatives have been very friendly and professional and have been very responsive to our needs."
  • "Association Reserves far exceeded my expectations in terms of ease of access to our Reserve Study report on the internet, and quality of service."
  • "Everyone at your company was very helpful and helped with providing me a report urgently...they saved me!"
  • "We have worked with Association Reserves for several years. This is a process which can be very cumbersome to say the least, but Association Reserves has streamlined the process and with their help it has been painless and very successful."
  • "Association Reserves provides incredible service, knowledge and professionalism."
  • "I could not possibly be happier!"
  • "I have been using Association Reserves since the firm was founded. Excellent staff, timely responses, easy to understand reports, and changing reports has never been problematic! I cannot recommend Association Reserves highly enough."
California’s SB 721 (aka the Deck Inspection Bill) – Poof it’s Gone!

On Jun 20, 2018 this bill was amended, removing the section applying this requirement to community associations. So this upcoming (dreaded) requirement has disappeared for community association housing. Click here to see the amended bill. But let me take a … Continue reading

Is Choosing a Reserve Study Provider all about Price?

I found this article thought-provoking.  I read the article from the point of view of a professional who has been serving non-profit community association clients for over 30 years. In tracking the reason we are not selected after submitting a … Continue reading

Skimping on Reserve Contributions Doesn’t Save you any Money!

What’s better – $50/mo Reserve contributions (as part of your condo’s total monthly assessment) or $70/mo? All other things being equal, I’d rather pay a $50 monthly bill than a $70 monthly bill. But… not all other things are equal. … Continue reading

Adequate Reserves – (Finally!) Defined

Many, if not most Governing Documents require the Board to set aside “adequate Reserves” to care for the common areas. But what exactly are “adequate Reserves”? I was recently challenged to define the concept of adequate Reserves by a number … Continue reading

How to Fund California’s SB 721 Deck Inspections?

In a previous post, we described how the requirements of California’s proposed SB 721 (safety inspections of decks and balconies in multi-family buildings) would not be satisfied by a Reserve Study site inspection. So the question now becomes, if this … Continue reading

Real Estate Claims of “Strong Reserves” – Be Careful!

We subscribe to a media monitoring service that scours the internet for any “mention” of our company name.  We do this to measure our influence in the Reserve Study industry and identify hot issues or trends.  With a company name … Continue reading

(CA) Senate Bill 721: Deck Inspections and Reserve Study Inspections

In California in the first half of 2017, Senate Bill 721 has been proposed, a bill which requires all exposed decks/walkways more than 6 ft above ground, in structures containing three or more multi-family units, to be inspected before 1/1/2023 … Continue reading

The Benefit of Updating your Reserve Study Annually

Reserve Studies are budget planning and disclosure documents prepared to help the board meet their responsibility to care for the assets of the association. Many of the association’s common area components are so large that the association needs many years … Continue reading

EQ Retrofitting in Los Angeles, 2017

by Steven Beltramo, Project Manager, Association Reserves The Issue: Homeowners and Association Managers need to be aware that the City of Los Angeles has passed Ordinances 183893 and 184081, city laws that require the earthquake retrofitting of buildings that fall … Continue reading

Avoiding Future Special Assessments

By Drew Sleezer, Project Manager Life is full of risks. You may be stuck with your current circumstances, but you have surprising power to influence many future risks. As a manager or board member, you are responsible for the care … Continue reading